Rutgers was not the first school to extend an offer to Detroit Country Day quarterback Tyler Wiegers, but they were the first BCS offer for the class of 2014 prospect. Wiegers talked about how last week's offer from the Scarlett Knights came about.
"I just had been talking to a couple of the coaches on Facebook during my season. Then, after my season I talked to Coach [Rob] Spence, the quarterbacks coach, on the phone and he talked about wanting to come out and see me at my school.
"So, he came out about a month ago, and then last week he called my coach. I got to talk to him on the phone and he said he liked the way I threw, liked my arm strength, my accuracy and he offered me a scholarship."
The amount of time Rutgers spent recruiting Wiegers before they offered allowed the 6-foot-4, 197-pound quarterback to familiarize himself with the school and heighten his level of excitement about the offer.
"I was excited about it and am planning to go visit in early April," he said. "It's a BCS school moving to the Big Ten, so that is really exciting. They have had a lot of success in the past, and Coach Spence was telling he's had three quarterbacks go to the NFL, which is very intriguing to me. I'm excited to get out there, see how the campus looks and meet all the coaches."
Before he heads out to Rutgers, Wiegers has a visit planned to Bowling Green this upcoming weekend and is also looking at trips to Ball State and Indiana later this month. Minnesota and Duke have also been in contact recently.
"All those schools are showing interest, and hopefully something comes out of that," Wiegers said. "I really want to go out and visit as many schools as possible that are showing interest, find out what I like and don't like, meet the coaches and see what they have to offer. Once that is all done and I see what offers I have on the table, I can narrow down my decision."
Besides Rutgers, Wiegers holds offers from Central Michigan, Toledo and Western Michigan. As a junior he threw for 2,465 yards and 22 touchdowns against four interceptions.